72 episodes

This podcast is an introduction to Anglophone literature, from ancient times to the present, done by a Ph.D. with lots of books and musical instruments. A typical episode offers a summary of a work, or part of a work of literature, followed by some historical analysis. The episodes include original music, some comedy songs, and goofy jokes. You can listen to the shows in any order, although from time to time, episodes will make brief mention of previous or upcoming ones.

Literature and History Doug Metzger

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This podcast is an introduction to Anglophone literature, from ancient times to the present, done by a Ph.D. with lots of books and musical instruments. A typical episode offers a summary of a work, or part of a work of literature, followed by some historical analysis. The episodes include original music, some comedy songs, and goofy jokes. You can listen to the shows in any order, although from time to time, episodes will make brief mention of previous or upcoming ones.

    Episode 72: Bread and Circuses (Juvenal's Satires)

    Episode 72: Bread and Circuses (Juvenal's Satires)

    Juvenal’s Satires, produced some time in the decades around 100 CE, mercilessly mock some of the more colorful aspects of Roman life.
    Episode 72 Quiz:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-72-quiz
    Episode 72 Transcription:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-072-bread-and-circuses
    Bonus Content:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Episode 71: The Gods Depart (Statius' Thebaid)

    Episode 71: The Gods Depart (Statius' Thebaid)

    Statius’ Thebaid, Books 7-12. Six hundred years after Aeschylus, Statius once again brought the Theban epic to a thunderous conclusion.

    • 2 hr 16 min
    Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

    Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

    Statius’ Thebaid, Books 1-6. This epic is hardly ever read or taught these days, but in 100 CE, it was as famous as anything in the Roman world.
    Episode 70 Quiz:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-70-quiz
    Episode 70 Transcription:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-070-romes-forgotten-epic
    Bonus Content:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

    Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

    Petronius’ Satyricon is a contender for history’s first novel, a picaresque filled with sex, misadventures, and details about daily life.
    Episode 69 Quiz:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-69-quiz
    Episode 69 Transcription:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-069-romes-comic-novel
    Bonus Content:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 2 hr
    Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

    Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

    Seneca’s Phaedra (c. 50s CE) is the story of an illicit passion, a stoic cautionary tale and simultaneously vivid character study.
    Episode 68 Quiz:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-68-quiz
    Episode 68 Transcription:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-068-love-means-sin
    Bonus Content:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

    Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

    Seneca’s Thyestes, probably written around the 50s CE, is one of the most horrifying and influential plays ever written.
    Episode 67 Quiz:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-67-quiz
    Episode 67 Transcription:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-067-jaws-dripping-blood
    Bonus Content:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

Kathrach2244 ,

This is for everyone who LOVES literature and History

Fabulous, thorough, entertaining, enlightening, educational...what more can I say? Your companion as you do whatever it is that you do with earpods inserted.

Annabel Lee. ,

Win-Win

I don’t know if you noticed my username, but it’s me, your resident dead girl. I can’t wait for you to find out how much of a “lush” my poet is. When you visit Baltimore, I hope you make time to see my tavern and his tombstone. I hope you remember his tell-tales and appreciate its macabre and chilling nature. That’s a long time from now so—for now, please enjoy my experience with this podcast so far:

Book your ticket! Doug is taking you to the Ancient World. The Literature and History podcast has a catalog of destinations. You don’t have to start at the beginning. I first went to Greece to experience the time of Hesiod and the Iliad. I then did a quick stop to Rome and fell in love with the Roman Latin poets. I’m in the midst of touring the Biblical Lands of the Old Testament. Then I followed Doug down this rabbit hole and now I’m stuck in Mesopotamia. I love it so much that I’ve taken it upon myself to be Inanna’s second priestess. The story is feminist-ly empowering, like to the max. Thank you, Doug! I was never one to enjoy podcasts in the long-form. I have the attention span of a gold fish. Try not to get discouraged if you get fatigued. Take a knee. Come back when your mind can handle it. That’s the great thing about podcasts. But Doug takes it many steps further and gives you access to the transcripts. If listening for an hour and a half is too much, there’s a transcript to skim through or what I like to do is -read along with the podcast. Because guess what else is on the transcript page: Art! Photos of the author! Anything pertinent to the subject matter. I really love the Art; it’s like the host curated his own gallery.

The catalog of the Literature and History podcast is also vastly immense. What helped me select episodes that would pertain to my interests was to sample the songs at the end of each episode; these are available on a section on the website. Each parody song sums up what each episode is about in generalizations and tone, and oh yeah, all written, produced, sung, and instruments played by Doug. A marvelous feat! I don’t know what a weasel hat is, but it sounds like “Wish Upon a Star” and it’s on my daily playlist rotation.

I also looked at the episode index and saw what book was being spotlighted for the episode. Some of these books I want to read before I listen to the episode! I’m one of those who enjoys watching “The Talking Dead” after watching “The Walking Dead”. Reading a book and then listening to our host talk about the history, culture, and influences about the book feels like a similar experience. I love it. Doug’s our Chris Hardwick.

Lastly, hit up them bonus content, folks. It’s how I found my way to tenacious Judith and Earth’s first author, Enheduanna. The bonus content package is beyond its worth. Ya get so much. Too much. I feel like I’m ripping him off—but there’s a couple of significant ways to give back. If you like his work so much, there’s the Patreon support option. But what Doug would also appreciate is if you shared his podcast with one other person in hopes this person can be just as enthusiastic as you are. And then hey, now you have someone else to talk about these interesting books with. It’s a win-win.

ear•way ,

Great stuff!!

This guy is so good. His presentation is thoughtful, reverent, and engrossing.

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